If you suffer from temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorder (TMD), you are aware of the jaw joint and mouth related pain and symptoms that the condition causes. But did you know TMD is linked to other health problems? In this blog post, Dr. Ivan Stein of the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey takes a look at three health conditions linked to TMD.
Allergies and TMD affect the same general areas and both conditions have similar symptoms including facial pain, earaches, headaches and dizziness. Research shows allergies can sometimes exacerbate TMD pain. Violent or constant sneezing can cause the jaw to pop out of place or dislocate. Sinus congestion can cause swelling in the face and limit breathing to the mouth, which can cause jaw soreness or misalignment.
Sleep apnea is a common condition that is characterized by cessations in a person’s breathing as they sleep. A misaligned bite can cause the tongue to fall back, blocking the airways and affecting proper breathing. Research shows people with TMJ are more likely to develop sleep apnea, just as sleep apnea can cause or worsen TMD pain.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Recent studies have shown that irritable bowel syndrome and TMD pain can overlap, as both can be caused by bad posture. Poor posture can cause the lower jaw to protrude forward, creating a bad bite and TMJ-related pain. Your posture also has an effect on your stomach and intestines. Not standing or sitting up straight causes your gastrointestinal system to tense up or function poorly. Standing up straight can help ease bloating and gas as well as tension on the neck and jaw.
Speak to a TMD Professional
If you experience TMD symptoms or suspect that your pain is related to TMD, Dr. Stein is here to help. With years of experience, the respected dentist has helped many patients find relief from TMD. Following a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, Dr. Stein can discuss your treatment options with you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein, please call the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey at (855) TMJ-DOCS or (855) 865-3627.